Stories of Daisy Turner (New Graphic Novel = Coming in 2020)

Introducing a graphic novel project drawn from the life & stories of Daisy Turner from Grafton, VT.  

Due out in mid-2020, this book is organized by Vermont Folklife Center (see this March, 2019 press release).  Participating artists include: 

The resulting graphic novel will be distributed for free to Vermont libraries.   
I'll post more links when available!  

SAMPLE PAGES: 

I've drawn a section detailing the adventures of Daisy'd father Alec Turner during & after the Civil War.  

ABOUT DAISY TURNER

Daisy was born in 1883 & lived until 1988.  
Her father, Alec Turner, escaped from slavery during the Civil War, & eventually brought his family to settle in Vermont.  
As a child Daisy learned all sorts of amazing oral traditions & stories from him.  
Her deep sense of oral history stretched back all the way to her family's roots on the west coast of Africa & to include oral memories of:  

  • the experience of slavery in Virginia
  • the upheaval of the Civil War
  • her family's postwar exodus to Maine
  • & arrival in Vermont in 1873 
  • & Daisy's own long, eventful life spanning 2 centuries.  
    (She's about 100 years old in that video above -- and she's such a FORCEFUL storyteller!)   

You may remember Daisy's poetry recitation during her appearance in Ken Burns' documentary, The Civil War.  Jane C. Beck has also published a revelatory book about Daisy through the U. of Illinois Press (available via Vermont Folklife Center here). 



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